It’s been another violent day in Egypt today as both sides report dozens of fighters killed.
It’s a sad situation and very inhumane. Last week’s news that hundreds of protestors had been killed was jolt of reality. While we live in an advanced society of strong human rights in most of the world, there remain places where government leaders will summarily execute its own people.The situation is so volatile and violent, that not even Christians are safe. In fact, they are being singled out for persecution across the country.
I wanted to take today to round up the various stories and viewpoints on this incident of religious persecution. It deserves its own spotlight.
The Globe and Mail in Toronto outlines the basic conflict. Christians have long suffered from discrimination and violence in Muslim majority Egypt, where they make up 10 per cent of the population of 90 million.
Coptic Christians have been targeted. A Wikipedia entry explains who they are.
A story in the Christian Science Monitor breaks down the simmering tension between Christians and Muslims in recent months.
Why would Christians be targeted so fiercely? It seems they are blamed for the rise of opposition that has built over many months against the entrenched Muslims who control Egypt.
I am reaching out to York County churches. I did a map of missionaries some months ago and nobody reported any missions to Egypt, but I will check again.
In the meantime, what is your opinion on the violence in Egypt?